Obama declares emergency after West, Texas blast

Obama declares emergency after West, Texas blast

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US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the briefing room of the White House April 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, after law enforcement officials captured the second suspect believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an emergency declaration and pledged disaster relief aid to Texas to help in the recovery efforts following this week's deadly fertilizer plant explosion near Waco.

Obama's order Friday night authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the town of West. Wednesday's explosion at the West Fertilizer plant killed at least 14 people, injured more than 200 others and demolished buildings for blocks around.

After addressing the arrest of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Friday night, the president extended his sympathies to the community of West and everyone else affected by the explosion.

Obama said he's spoken with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and West's mayor, and he pledged that the community will have the resources it needs to rebuild.

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